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5 Striking Black Kitchens Around the World

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White is the traditional color for kitchens, denoting hygiene, brightness, and modernity. But these five black-clad kitchens, in houses from San Francisco to Copenhagen, show that some truly stand-out rooms embrace the dark side.
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  Morten Bo Jensen, the chief designer at Vipp, and his partner, graphic designer Kristina May Olsen, live in a loft space in the former Viking pencil factory in the Islands Brygge in Copenhagen. Twin daughters Merle and Anine join their parents in the family’s kitchen, designed by Jensen for Vipp. He explains that his role as chief designer at Vipp is to “work with their DNA” by refining the company’s trademark materials: stainless steel, painted metal, and rubber. For the utilitarian kitchen, “we wanted to get the feeling of a tool,” he says. “It’s nice to have a space where you can actually work.” The gas stovetop is by ABK and the refrigerator is by Smeg; Le Perroquet spotlights are from iGuzzini. Photo by Anders Hviid.

    Morten Bo Jensen, the chief designer at Vipp, and his partner, graphic designer Kristina May Olsen, live in a loft space in the former Viking pencil factory in the Islands Brygge in Copenhagen. Twin daughters Merle and Anine join their parents in the family’s kitchen, designed by Jensen for Vipp. He explains that his role as chief designer at Vipp is to “work with their DNA” by refining the company’s trademark materials: stainless steel, painted metal, and rubber. For the utilitarian kitchen, “we wanted to get the feeling of a tool,” he says. “It’s nice to have a space where you can actually work.” The gas stovetop is by ABK and the refrigerator is by Smeg; Le Perroquet spotlights are from iGuzzini. Photo by Anders Hviid.

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  Located in 1234 Howard, a 17-unit residential structure in San Francisco, this penthouse apartment's kitchen is dark, from the floor to the furnishings. The dining table is by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini; it's topped with an Aalto vase by Iittala. The chairs are by Ag Fronzoni for Cappellini. Photo by Dwight Eschliman.

    Located in 1234 Howard, a 17-unit residential structure in San Francisco, this penthouse apartment's kitchen is dark, from the floor to the furnishings. The dining table is by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini; it's topped with an Aalto vase by Iittala. The chairs are by Ag Fronzoni for Cappellini. Photo by Dwight Eschliman.

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  Riffing on the Los Angeles phenomenon of people "murdering out" their cars—that is, removing all the trim and blacking everything out—architect Barbara Bestor and craftsman Eric Lamers covered most surfaces in this Los Angeles kitchen with matte black laminate, including the fridge and the overhead cabinets. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.

    Riffing on the Los Angeles phenomenon of people "murdering out" their cars—that is, removing all the trim and blacking everything out—architect Barbara Bestor and craftsman Eric Lamers covered most surfaces in this Los Angeles kitchen with matte black laminate, including the fridge and the overhead cabinets. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.

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  In paring back the Mill Valley residence he shares with his wife and Dwell founder Lara Deam, architect Chris Deam kept the color palette as simple as possible. Limiting the surfaces to either painted white or stained black allows colorful art, objects, furniture, and people to really pop. Photo by Dustin Aksland.

    In paring back the Mill Valley residence he shares with his wife and Dwell founder Lara Deam, architect Chris Deam kept the color palette as simple as possible. Limiting the surfaces to either painted white or stained black allows colorful art, objects, furniture, and people to really pop. Photo by Dustin Aksland.

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  Dana Dramov's 2,500-square-foot live-work space located in Manhattan's Flatiron district boasts a sleek kitchen complete with Arclinea cabinets; appliances by Gaggenau, Sub-Zero, and Miele; furniture by Indecasa; granite countertops; and oak floors. Photo by Christelle De Castro.
 

    Dana Dramov's 2,500-square-foot live-work space located in Manhattan's Flatiron district boasts a sleek kitchen complete with Arclinea cabinets; appliances by Gaggenau, Sub-Zero, and Miele; furniture by Indecasa; granite countertops; and oak floors. Photo by Christelle De Castro.

     

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